Hello and happy Monday! Today I’m sharing a roundup of posts I’ve published that are perfect for beginning quilters or for more advanced quilters who want to refresh their skills in one or more areas. I’ve had this on my list for awhile so that I can refer readers to one place for tips and instruction! I hope you’ll enjoy this if you’re new to quilting. And if there is something you feel is missing from this beginning quilting posts roundup, please let me know! I will definitely add to it as needed. I’ve divided the posts into the three main categories of Supplies, Techniques, and Finishing, and have subdivided those categories as well. And, I have a Pinterest ready image at the bottom of the post so you can easily find this page again.
It’s fun to accumulate supplies for quilting: the fabrics, the notions, and even the basics are fun to collect! Here are a couple of posts on favorite tools and notions for beginners and for all quilters!
Tools and Notions
Favorites: Tools for Beginner Quilters
Favorite Quilting Tools and Notions
Collecting fabric for quilting is always a lot of fun! I love visiting brick and mortar quilt shops and supporting the wide variety of on-line shops available to us today (I always recommend Fat Quarter Shop and the sponsors found on my sidebar–they all have terrific service). And I have some helpful posts about things to think about whether you are just starting to build a fabric stash or whether you are a seasoned fabric collector! I worked on a really scrappy quilt last week (won’t be able to share it for awhile), and it was fun to raid my stash for the fabrics!
Tips: Building a Fabric Stash: Backgrounds
Building a Fabric Stash: Prints
Building a Fabric Stash: Novelty Prints
Best Tips for Managing your Fabric Stash
I still remember my grandmother telling me that the first rule of quilting was to “measure twice and cut once.” And I have to say that she was definitely right! Many of my mistakes even after quilting for 25 years have come from inaccurate measuring and cutting. I’m so grateful we have the tools we have today that make things so much easier for us than for those who came before! I sewed for several years before I realized that I wasn’t sewing with an accurate ¼″ seam allowance. It seems like once I figured that out my quilting accuracy improved by leaps and bounds. The posts in this category will give you ideas for improving accuracy in measuring, cutting, and sewing.
Quilting Tips: Accurate Measuring and Cutting
Tips for Sewing with Strip Sets
As a new quilter I loved playing with fabrics, piecing blocks, and learning new techniques. But I didn’t always love finishing my projects. While adding borders is still not high on my list of favorite parts of quilting, I have come to be happy with it because I know my quilt is almost finished. And I absolutely love binding these days. It gives me one more chance to savor my quilt and all of the fabrics while hand-stitching the binding down. If my quilt was custom-quilted (or even if it was quilted with an all-over pattern), binding gives me a chance to see the beautiful work of the quilter.
I hope this roundup of posts on beginning quilting will be of help to you or someone you know! Pin the image above to come back to this page! Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful Monday!
I was looking at your advice about borders (I really dislike adding them!) and noticed a quilt pattern I don’t think I’ve seen before. The quilt was pictured right above the “use pins” section. Can you tell me the name of the pattern and where I can find it?!
It’s the Mini Coney Island pattern by Fig Tree. It also comes in a full-size quilt pattern. It’s available from Fig Tree Quilts. Your favorite quilt shop should be able to order it as well!
Monica Kostak says
interesting…thanks for sharing your tips. I”m going to have to go back and reread. 🙂
Love oyur tips thanks for sharing them! Sice the Mini Simple Folded Corners Ruler was in the sewsamplerbox I use it frequently too nd it became my most used ruler after my Omnigrip 8.5″ x 12″ one.
Janette Anderson says
Could you please tell me the name of the fat quarter pictured at the top, I believe the rug is made from the same collection.
Yes, they are both made with my latest fabric collection, Clover Hollow. It will be shipping to stores in August…so not too much longer to wait. Thank you!
Do you have a pattern for the rug?
You can see my post on the rug with a link to the pattern here: